She spoke to the dead and stole from the living

She spoke to the dead and stole from the living
Yes, your money can be thought of as energy, 
but it’s not a good idea to let a psychic clean it.

I don’t have a problem with those claiming psychic powers as long as they help people. It’s kind of my "whatever floats your spiritual boat, yet do no harm" philosophy. The problem is, opening yourself up spiritually makes it easy for con-artists to exploit you, and that’s exactly what happened here, in an old phony psychic scam by a neither spiritual nor psychic Janet Miller, who ripped off a woman for $650,000:

Ironically, the guru grifter won the woman’s trust by telling her that other people were cheating, deceiving and stealing money from her and that the guru, possessed of spiritual powers, could help.

The phony spiritual leader, 39-year-old Janet Miller, has pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for her involvement in a year-long scam that started when Ms. Miller met the victim at an apartment on East 41st Street in July 2011, according to the District Attorney’s office. Somehow, Ms. Miller won the victim over by telling her that she could see her dead grandmother crying and requesting $900 to make a shield to block the devil. After the victim gave her $400, she gave the victim "holy" water, oils, salt and crystals and started communicating with her on an almost daily basis.

Over the course of the year, demands and/or necessities for warding off the devil and curing the victim’s father of cancer escalated from hundred dollar bills to jewelry and Rolex watches.

The most dubious request of alland the one which apparently brought down the scamwas when the so-called spiritual guru told the victim that her money was cursed and unclean and that she could cleanse it on a mountaintop, instructing her to give her $600,000 in cash (which would all be returned, of course)the old cleaning your money on a mountaintop trick. The victim started to suspect that she had been swindled when Ms. Miller only returned a small portion of the "cleansed" cash.

(The image is from the book The Energy of Money by Maria Nemeth. A quote from Booklist: "Nemeth is a clinical psychologist who, after losing $35,000 in an investment scam, became interested in psychological and emotional attitudes about money and how financial decisions are made.")

The Guru Grift: Spiritual Fraudster Pleads Guilty To Swindling Client Out of $650,000, The New York Observer>>

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